Happy ending for the man who couldn't have sex because of an orgasm allergy

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The 27-year-old man consulted a urologist, ear nose and throat specialist and infectious diseases experts to try find a cure for his problem. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
The 27-year-old man consulted a urologist, ear nose and throat specialist and infectious diseases experts to try find a cure for his problem. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

A 27-year-old man has spent most of his adult life abstaining from sex since discovering he was allergic to his own orgasms.

The man told doctors he experienced coughing, runny nose, sneezing and a hive-like rash on his forearms after orgasm, regardless of whether he'd had sex or masturbated.

He also experienced swelling in the lymph glands on his face and neck.

The more he ejaculated, the worse the symptoms got. On average, the symptoms lasted for seven days.

He said that the flu-like symptoms started at the age of 18, causing him to avoid sexual relationships.

Desperate for answers, he consulted a urologist, ear nose and throat specialist and infectious diseases experts, but none could give him a diagnosis or find an effective treatment for his distressing problem.

Turns out he’s not the only one with this problem.

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Every time the man ejaculated, he experienced flu-like symptoms which lasted for seven days. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

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A study done on this man, and 59 others, revealed that they all suffer from post-orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS).

Andrew Shanholtzer, a co-author of the study on POIS from the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, says it's possible many more men are suffering from the same condition.

Writing about the case in the medical journal, Urology Case Reports, recently, Shanholtzer said POIS has only been known to the medical community for the past 20 years and sufferers are often misdiagnosed and subjected to unnecessary tests and treatments.

Shanholtzer says he and his fellow researchers suspect POIS develops when an infection or injury to the testicles leads to microscopic amounts of sperm leaking into the bloodstream and the body attacks it.

“The immune cells in the body are trained to attack any foreign substances.

“There are special cells called Sertoli cells that nurture and surround sperm and keep it isolated from immune cells. When the Sertoli cells are damaged, the sperm is exposed to the immune system for the first time and the immune system attacks the sperm like it is a virus or foreign bacterium.”

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Doctors say men who suffer from POIS are often misdiagnosed and subjected to unnecessary treatments and tests. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

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Luckily for the 27-year-old, Shanholtzer and his fellow doctors have found a way to treat POIS.

He was prescribed a daily 180mg dose of an antihistamine which, he says, has led to a 90% decrease in his symptoms, allowing him to resume a normal sex life.

Sources: newsweek.com, nypost.com, theaustalian.com.au, metro.co.uk

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